Online Master’s Degrees in Education

An online master’s degree in education may prepare students for leadership roles in the field of education. In this one to two-year program, students may gain advanced specialized skills and knowledge in their chosen concentration. Popular areas of concentration may include curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, and special education.

Upon graduation from the program, students may either seek employment or pursue an education doctoral degree. Master’s-level graduates may seek employment in many educational settings, including public schools, private schools, and centralized education district departments.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Program Length: One to two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment or Doctoral Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 20% (2010-2020)*

Program Concentrations

A master’s-level education degree may include select educational research classes and a specialized set of courses geared toward the student’s chosen area of concentration. Students may take courses such as behavioral management and intervention, instructional design analysis, and strategic planning for educational leaders. Possible concentration areas for an education master’s degree may include the following:

  • Special Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Creative, Gifted, and Talented Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • Library Education
  • English as a Second Language

Career Options

Master’s-level graduates may gain employment in public school systems, charter school districts, district education departments, private schools, and state education programs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, instructional coordinator employment is projected to increase by 20% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • School Librarian
  • Principal
  • Education Diagnostician
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Reading Specialist

Continuing Education

Students who successfully complete an online master’s degree in education may wish to continue their education by enrolling in a doctoral-level degree program. A doctoral degree may prepare students for senior leadership education positions as well as positions as post-secondary instructors.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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